Hi Amazing Kids! It is June and summer will be here
officially later this month, more importantly it is summer vacation! Last month
I experimented with Spanish food after reading and learning about Spain’s food
and some of their history. This month I am going to share with you some recipes
from Portugal. The country borders Spain, and it is located in the Iberian
Peninsula. The Atlantic Ocean borders Portugal to the West and the South. The
Azores and Madeira Islands are also part of Portugal. Because of its border to
the ocean, at one time in history, Portugal had all the tea and spice trade
from the Indian Islands. The spices brought to Portugal were cinnamon, cloves,
nutmeg, and curry. Portugal also brought cod from the Icelandics to the
Mediterranean and Europe. The Portuguese preserved cod- drying it and layering
it with salt. Cod and sardines are big in their diet today and I read there are
more Portuguese recipes for cod(bacalhau) than there are days in the year!
Portuguese cuisines use kale, fennel, lamb, pork, a many kinds of beans. And,
just as in Spain, freshly made bread is served at every meal! They also serve a
lot of goat and sheep cheese that is produced on the mainland and the Azores
Islands. Each meal starts with a soup and salads are also served with meals. Did
you know that at Portuguese meals the napkin is to be kept at the left of your
plate and it is never placed in your lap? When you are finished eating…..move
the napkin to the right side of the plate. And did you know it is proper manners
to leave some food on your plate when you are finished eating?
food facts to come.. Lets get cooking…
Now for some more…………………………………….Did you knows?……………………………

– Did you know fish is eaten with a special knife
and fork?
– Did you know…Brazil was one of the largest Portuguese
colonies
– Many of the pastries were created by nuns of the
18th century. They have some cool names like “barriga de freira”
which means “nuns belly” and”papos de anjo” which means “angel’s chest”.
– The Portuguese kitchen has many of the same
ingredients as does a Spanish kitchen…They are olive oil, garlic, saffron,
paprika, eggs, parsley, potatoes, onions, tomatoes, baked flatbread, tomatoes,
kale, and other greens, cod and sardines.
– In regions of Portugal that still make fresh
cheese the Portuguese use the flower of a wild thistle plant to curdle milk
– Tomatoes grow year round in Portugal
– The Portuguese love potatoes and use them in
many soups and stews, and frequently serve them as a side to meat and fish
dishes. I even found a Portuguese recipe for French Fries.
– Popular northern dishes include rice stewed in
pig blood or rice and chicken stewed in chicken blood(YUCK-I am sorry but I am
not going to try that!)
– Portugal has one of highest fish consumptions
– Portugal is one of the leading copper producers
in Europe
– The largest aquarium in Europe is in Portugal
– Popular tourist sites include Lisbon(the
capital), Algarve and Madiera

Although Portugal has been influenced
by Spain, its cuisine is not the same. Many Portuguese recipes use ingredients
found in Spanish recipes. The difference is the way the Portuguese combine and
season foods. Sardines are served a lot- I don’t know about you… but sardines
are one of those foods I do not like. If you get invited for a Portuguese
dinner… do not start eating until the hostess says “bom appetite!” Enjoy! <3
Remmi

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